Odisha has not complied with the Supreme Court order to set up State Security Commission (SSC) as part of police reform initiatives. Former DGP of Uttar Pradesh Prakash Singh, the Padmashree awardee for his contribution to civil service and advocating for police reforms, urged chief minister Naveen Patnaik to take steps for setting up the commission in the state.
Hearing Singh’s petition on police reforms the Supreme Court in 2006 had asked all states to constitute SSC to ensure no unwarranted pressure or influence exercised on the police from different sources including government and politicians. Of the 29 states, 27 states have formed State Security Commission except Odisha and J&K.
“Farcical compilation of the Supreme Court order has been made by many states and have done on pen and paper only. But Odisha has not taken any initiative in this regard. I raised the issue before the chief minister Naveen Patnaik so that he will take initiative in this regard,” Singh pointed out.
Giving emphasis on bringing systemic reforms in Police Force, Singh said, “Integrated and holistic approach is required make police more efficient and people friendly. There is an urgent need for an inform, reorganizing the police force to ensure justice for women and children.
As per the Police Bill there would be separation of investigation and law and order wings, constitution of Police Complaint Authority and Police Establishment Board for transfer and posting of police officers.
“However some alternative arrangements have been made in this regard by the government and no development is being taking place in the bill”, said Tiwari.
A Senior Officer in the home department said, unless the Odisha Police Bill will be resubmitted and discussed again in the Assembly things may not move further in this regard.